Latest North Carolina State General Assembly News

Retooled effort to legalize NC casino nights nears passage

Apr. 18, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina charities that hold casino nights would no longer be scofflaws if a bill allowing occasional betting clears the General Assembly. The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday for legislation that lays out how nonprofit groups and some employers and trade associations can...

North Carolina Gov. Cooper vetoes 'born-alive' legislation

Apr. 18, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a measure Thursday written by Republicans and backed by social conservatives that addresses a doctor's responsibilities if a later-term abortion results in an infant born alive. Cooper announced his decision two days after the General...

Ex-legislator Mansfield forms exploratory US Senate campaign

Apr. 17, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina legislator says he's seriously considering a U.S. Senate run next year and formed an exploratory campaign committee. Democrat Eric Mansfield announced Wednesday his interest. He's one of at least three Democrats either running to unseat Republican Thom Tillis or...

'Read to Achieve' retooling approved in Senate committee

Apr. 17, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina public school literacy program championed by Republican Senate leader Phil Berger that hasn't met expectations so far would get retooled in legislation advancing in the chamber. The Senate education committee agreed Wednesday to Berger's legislation, which is designed...

North Carolina lawmakers intensify work before Easter recess

Apr. 17, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state legislators intensified their work as they prepared for time off around Easter. The House started their spring break following Tuesday's committees and floor session and won't take votes again until April 25. The Senate leaves Thursday and won't be in Raleigh next...

Civil rights leader can reenter North Carolina legislature

Apr. 17, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina civil rights leader can now go inside the Legislative Building, two years after he was banned. WRAL-TV in Raleigh reports that The Rev. William Barber, who organized "Moral Monday" protests and led the state NAACP, had been ordered by a magistrate in 2017 to stay out...

Gerlach named interim chancellor at East Carolina University

Apr. 17, 2019 5:02 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A former budget analyst at the North Carolina Legislature and adviser to the governor is now the interim chancellor at East Carolina University. UNC System interim president Bill Roper announced Tuesday that Dan Gerlach will serve as ECU's leader. Gerlach replaces Cecil Sutton, who...

North Carolina 'born-alive' abortion bill wins final passage

Apr. 16, 2019 9:20 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's legislature gave final passage Tuesday to a bill to require doctors and nurses to care for babies born alive during a failed late-term abortion or face big penalties, a measure opponents deemed legally unnecessary and a threat to abortion providers. House lawmakers...

North Carolina lawmaker's funding leads 10 in GOP House race

Apr. 16, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina legislator who loaned his campaign $250,000 is leading fundraising among 10 Republicans facing a May primary for a congressional seat left vacant because a ballot-collection scandal that voided November's election. State Sen. Dan Bishop of Charlotte collected $130,717...

House vote on abortion-related bill could mean veto showdown

Apr. 16, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican lawmakers could soon reach their first legislative showdown with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper since his party increased House and Senate seat totals during the last elections. The House scheduled a floor vote Tuesday on a Senate measure that would direct how...